The Final Maps
On November 4th, Chair Maylinn Smith cast the deciding vote to move CP 12 forward as the final Congressional map. The Commission will take a final vote on this map on November 9th.
The Commission was to have judged these maps based on the criteria and goals they adopted in July 2021.
Congressional Map Criteria:
The criteria are the standards a map must meet to be adopted.
Districts must be as equal in population as is practicable
Districts must comply with the Voter Rights Act
Each district shall consist of compact territory
Each district shall be contiguous, meaning that a district must be in one piece
Congressional Map Goals:
The goals are what the Commission strives for a map to be. The more goals a map meets, the better the map reflects the Commissions intentions.
No plan may be drawn to unduly favor a political party.
The Commission will minimize dividing cities, towns, counties and federal reservations between two districts when possible.
The Commission will try to keep communities of interest intact.
The Commission may consider competitiveness of districts when drawing plans. (In conversations since adopting this goal, commissioners have informally identified Cook PVI as an effective measure of competitiveness. A map with a Cook PVI Score within the range of R+/-5 is considered comeptitive. This measurement is available for each of the proposed maps on Dave's Redistricting App.)
We've shortened this language to clarify the criteria & goals. You can find the exact language and legal notations for the critera and goals here.